Top 13 Modifications in BMP-2 “Sarath”,Indian Armed Forces
The BMP-2 is a second-generation, amphibious infantry fighting vehicle introduced in the 1980s in the Soviet Union.
BMP-2 “Sarath” also known as BMP-II is the Indian licence-produced variant of the BMP-2,built by Ordnance Factory Medak. The first vehicle, assembled from components supplied by KBP, was ready in 1987. By 1999, about 90% of the complete vehicle and its associated systems were being produced in India.
It was estimated that, by 2007, 1,250 vehicles had been built. India has also developed the various versions of the “Sarath” by modifying in the basic Sarath.
Here are the Top 13 Modifications in BMP-2 “Sarath”,Indian Armed Forces
BMP-2 Light Tank –
The DRDO light tank is a tracked amphibious light tank developed in India by DRDO.It is based on the Sarath Chassis,a licensed variant of BMP and built by Ordnance Factory Medak with a French GIAT TS-90 Turret and 105 mm Gun. This vehicle is specially designed to carry high caliber weapons without sacrificing mobility.
BMP-2K “Sarath” –
Command vehicle, similar to the Soviet/Russian version. It is the best infantry combat vehicles in the world with modern weapon systems.It is ideal for fighting night battles with speed, surprise and deadly precision.It is a truly amphibian vehicle which can travel at 7 KMPH on water and can over-come slopes upto 35 degree and can cross obstacles of 0.7 M.It can be easily transported by air due to its low weight.
This version retains the turret but without the gun or smoke grenade launchers. The troop compartment has been modified to carry four stretchers.It is a fully tracked , highly mobile combat vehicle designed to provide immediate medical attention to injured battle field causalities with armour and MBC protection.Read More…
Armoured Vehicle Tracked Light Repair –
Armoured recovery vehicle, fitted with a light hydraulic crane.
Armoured Amphibious Dozer (AAD) –
Turret-less combat engineer vehicle, fitted with a folding dozer blade at the rear, mine ploughs, a main winch with a capacity of 8,000 kg and a rocket-propelled earth anchor for self-recovery.It is used to facilitate earth moving operations for preparing bridges, sties in difficult terrain, clearing obstacles and debris and fill up craters, the dozer is equipped with bucket,winch,rocket propelled anchor and hydro jets.
Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV) –
This version has no gun and is fitted with specialised equipment, including an echo-sounder, a water current metre, a laser range finder and GPS. On the left rear of the hull, a marking system with 40 rods is fitted.It is special variant with amphibious capability to cross water obstacle.The AERV has Reconnaissance Capability in Hatch Down condition,Data integration facility onto control console and can determine the slit load for reservoirs in civil sector to evaluate storage capacity.
NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV) –
This variant is used For detection of nuclear, biological and chemical contamination. The NBCRV was developed by DRDO and VRDE and has been ordered by the Indian army. It is equipped with state-of-the-art systems designed to meet the user requirements.
This turret-less version has an 81 mm mortar mounted in the modified troop compartment. The mortar is fired through an opening in the hull roof that has two hinged doors. It has a max. range of 5,000 m and a normal rate of fire of 6–8 rds/min. There is also a longe-range version of the mortar.The vehicle carries 108 mortar rounds and is also fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun with 2,350 rounds. Crew: 2+4. The first prototype was completed in 1997.Read More..
Part of the Nag anti-tank missile system. The Nag (snake) missile is launched from a retractable armoured launcher that contains four launch tubes and the guidance package. “Nag” is a fire-and-forget top-attack ATGM with a tandem-HEAT warhead and a range of at least 4 km.Read More..
Air-defence missile system that is based on a modified “Sarath” chassis with 7 road wheels. On top of the hull there’s a launcher for three SAMs with a range of 27 km and semi-active homing guidance.Read More..
Rajendra (multifunctional Radar)–
This is a multifunctional 3-D phased radar (MUFAR), associated with the “Akash” system. It is also based on the stretched chassis.
BMP-2 “UGV” –
Unmanned reconnaissance vehicle fitted with equipment used to detect nuclear, biological and chemical contamination as well as mines.
105 mm Self-Propelled Gun –
This is OFB’s mechanized version of the Indian Light Field Gun (EQPT 105/37 LFG E2) with 42 rounds stowed. The gun is mounted in a lightly armoured turret.The 105 mm SPG was shown for the first time in public in February 2010 during DEFEXPO-2010 in New Delhi and is planned to replace the FV433 Abbot SPG in the Indian army.